Use­ful look­ing out­fit win in Cool­boy

Bray People - - SPORT - PETER KEOGH At Coolafancy


BLESS­ING­TON moved up to join Dunlavin at the top of the Di­vi­sion 2 ta­ble in the SFL with this win over Cool­boy on Easter Mon­day.

The match was played on Cool­boy's new pitch at Coolafancy where, if the match is not up to stan­dard, one al­ways has the mag­nif­i­cent scenery to ad­mire.

When the wind blows up there it re­ally blows. And that fac­tor was to prove enough to play havoc with his game as a con­test.

Bless­ing­ton were play­ing into the teeth of that wind in the first half. They grabbed a cou­ple of early goals - one the di­rect re­sult of the wind, and were then able to sit on that lead up to half time.

The lucky point looked cer­tain to be go­ing over the bar but the wind brought it down and it dipped just un­der.

At the other end Cool­boy were hav­ing great dif­fi­culty in con­trol­ling the ball in the high wind and saw most of their shots whipped wide at ei­ther side of the posts.

Paul O'Keeffe did give Cool­boy the lead with a goal in the third minute but that was soon wiped out with two goals by Robert Pen­der. Jonathan Kelly, Mick Nu­gent and Conor Devlin had points for Bless­ing­ton with P.J.Mul­hall and Steven Carter (two each) scor­ing for the home side. Half time score Bless­ing­ton 2-3; Cool­boy 1-4.

Eddy Boy­lan drover over a mighty point on the restart but Bless­ing­ton spent the next 12 min­utes try­ing to come to terms with the wind. In that time Cool­boy had a cou­ple of chances to get scores but missed out.

Eddy Boy­lan and David Booth­man kept the clock tick­ing over with points be­fore Michael Nu­gent stormed into the game, scor­ing four points on the trot be­tween the 20th and the 25th min­utes. It was match over at that stage; Sub Patrick O'Con­nor tacked on an­other point and al­most with the last kick of the game Michael Gre­gan landed Cool­boy's only point of the sec­ond half.

De­spite the strong wind there was a lot of good foot­ball played in this game. This Bless­ing­ton team is the only one that will be play­ing in the Ju­nior Cham­pi­onship this year. The rest of the di­vi­sion is made up of Intermediate teams with one Se­nior team thrown in.

Bless­ing­ton - Robert Gil­li­gan; Ciaran Dempsey, Mark Richard­son, Stephen Wil­loughby; Dar­ragh Ryan, Barry O'Dono­van, Conor Devlin; Sean Nolan, Eoin Devlin; David Booth­man, Michael Nu­gent, Stephen Flan­na­gan; Rob­bie Pen­der. Eddy Boy­lan and Jonathan Kelly.

Subs used - David Be­han, Patrick McGee and Thomas Donoghue.

Cool­boy - Wal­ter Carter; Cil­lien Gre­gan, Anthony Hol­ley, Aaron Kinsella; Jonathan Smith, Dan Nolan, Enda Get­tings; Steven Carter, Michael Gre­gan; P.J. O'Keeffe, Johnny Wil­loughby, Brendan Be­han; Paul O'Keeffe, P.J. Mul­hall, Kevin O'Keeffe. Sub - Wayne Kinsella

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